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renton, New Jersey - Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey (CWF) honored 21 fifth grader students from every county in the state for their award-winning artwork and essay on the state’s endangered and threatened species. The 11th annual Species on the Edge contest drew over 2,000 entries from throughout the state.
Students were asked to draw or paint one of New Jersey’s 83 at risk species and write a personal essay about how the animal became endangered and what we can do to help protect it.
“Each one of these exceptionally talented students has told a personal and compelling story that illustrates just how important it is to protect the at-risk wildlife that calls New Jersey home,” says David Wheeler, Executive Director of Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey (CWF). “Their vivid, inspiring artwork reveals the singular biodiversity that New Jersey offers and how our youngest generation can utilize their creativity to connect with the world around them.”
The winners were honored at an awards ceremony this week held at the New Jersey Education Association in Trenton, New Jersey. Contest sponsors include the New Jersey Education Association, PSE&G, GAF, Subaru of America, Atlantic City Electric, Church & Dwight, and ShopRite Supermarkets.
This year’s entries ranged from the Golden-winged warbler, a state threatened songbird, to the Bog turtle, a federally endangered reptile, to the Bobcat, a state threatened mammal. Other animals profiled by the winning fifth graders included birds such as the Piping plover, amphibians like the Pine Barrens treefrog and insects such as the Silver-bordered fritillary butterfly.
The winners include:
Jordyn Robinson, Sicklerville, Atlantic County
Ariela Alfonso, Rivervale, Bergen County
Ava Vaughn, Lumberton, Burlington County
Mansi Patel, Bellmawr, Camden County
Dominic Vitiello, Cape May Court House, Cape May County
Maritza Trejo, Port Norris, Cumberland County
Claryssa Martinez, Newark, Essex County
Anna Kilpatrick, Mantua, Gloucester County
Marena Faltas, Jersey City, Hudson County
Megan Eastman, Stockton, Hunterdon County
Sophia Phelan, Laurenceville, Mercer County
Gabrielle R. Bailey, Princeton Junction, Middlesex County
Trevor Crochet, Monmouth Beach, Monmouth County
Terrence Obuah, Hackettstown, Morris County
Caden Schroeder, Jackson, Ocean County
Daniel A. Midence, Clifton, Passaic County
Lauren Radi, Somerville, Somerset County
Logan Hanley, Lafayette, Sussex County
Olivia Qiu, Roselle Park, Union County
Marigold Green, Blairstown, Warren County
For more information about Species on the Edge, visit http://www.conservewildlifenj.org/education/edge/first/.